Up, Up, Up

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House of Anansi, 2011 - Fiction - 219 pages
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Up Up Up heralds the arrival of a writer of astonishing range, compassion, and acuity. In this stunning short story collection, Julie Booker grabs the reins from writers like Lydia Millet and Miranda July and takes off at full speed, and in directions all her own.

A pair of plus-sized friends make tracks for a kayaking trip in Alaska. A woman vacations with her parents at a Texas trailer park, wondering why she can't meet a man. A worldly member of a tour group selects sacrifices from among the most cherished belongings of her fellow travellers. A young man dreams of rescuing an abusive friend's girlfriend -- and of having her for himself...

Through these deceptively simple storylines, Booker reminds us of the power of words to enlighten and move us -- but most of all, to delight us. Her writing is a revelation -- wildly whimsical and yet razorsharp, highly unusual and yet prompting gasps of recognition on every page. Reader, prepare to meet your new favourite writer.

 

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Contents

Geology in Motion
1
Every Good Boy
13
Breakup Fresh
19
Sacrifice
31
Not Enough For Me Sir
47
The Tree Man
65
Levitate
69
How Fast Things Go
71
Encounter
123
Spears
139
Scratch
153
Texas
163
Thixatropic
169
The Exchange
179
Death on the Nile
193
Up Up Up
207

Below Below
83
To Thine Own Self
99
Violetta
111
Speculators
211
Acknowledgements
221
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About the author (2011)

Julie Booker is five feet tall. She lives in a Toronto row house and drives a tiny car. She has a toy poodle and twin baby boys. She teaches small children. She sees the world in pithy arcs, nicely contained. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including the 2010 edition of Best Canadian Stories. She won the Writers' Union of Canada's Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers in 2009.

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